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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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2,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 2618
Reviews: 1516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%

Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of nomad


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stout as black as ever, had an appealing café au lait colored head that was thin and bubbly/foamy. Also had little lace but lots of stain in tendril shapes.

Nose of chocolate, oats, nuts, great malt. Now, the floral hops scents were beautiful in and of itself, but even more beautiful was how they were blended in with the very opposite darker scents that make up this stout.

Tasted of a good malt covered in tangy hops, with some chocolate notes and a truly espresso-tasting flavor toward the end. Deposited a nutty taste after awhile. Had an easy thin mouthfeel and a long dry finish due to the tartness from dark malts and earthy hops and oats.

This beer is calm but somewhat complex. Not as loud and exciting as some others but far from average. Instead, the essence of balance and quiet intrique for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 10:39:14 | More by nomad
Photo of far333


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard "wow" come out of my mouth as I poured from the bomber bottle. The darkest brown liquid I've ever seen rolled around the pint glass, and a dark brown foamy head percolated up to the top. The aroma of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and hops swirled up into my nose, which was helpful to get the smelling part of the review done since I was not taking the time to put my nose to the glass. It went right to my mouth instead.

The flavor is intense, complex, and changing as you drink. Roasted/burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and espresso. The malt mellows out as it lingers on the tongue, and the tingly aftertaste of bitter hops, bitter chocolate, and dark coffee sets in. The only criticism is that the mouthfeel is just a bit watery, and could be fuller. Otherwise, a tremendous selection. Just remembered there's more in the bottle...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 06:06:42 | More by far333
Photo of tavernjef


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An inspirational stout that seems to be bringing out the poet in all of us. I shall dabble a wee bit as well.

Super black color, thick as night,
no light penetrates this glass, as it is poetry to write.
Head is gorgeous, super thickly creamy delight,
big bubbles and luscious lumps, I could swim in it all night.
Colour of light tannish leather, not so light as a feather,
delicate sheets of tight lace did stick together.

Aromas of roasted malts, earthy, tangy hops up front,
some notes of chocolate and coffee and a wee touch of dark-like citrus, nothing to blunt.

Full and delicious, smooth, yummy, dark tones in flavor,
roasted and chocolate malts with a perfect blend of earthy hops in its favor.
Hop twinge in there, and a nice dryness follows,
all very pleasing, this stout, and continue to swallows.

Full body feel, smooth, then tongue tingly,
to a nice sweet tart-like drying and mingly.

To drink or not to drink, that is the question.
Answer, is to drink this stout!
And thank Hamlet's revenge it comes in a 22 oz bomber to tout!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 19:44:36 | More by tavernjef
Photo of WaltTrombone

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bard himself wrote in a Winter's Tale that "A quart of ale is a dish for a King." This stout is worthy, indeed!

A regal blackness, crowned with an enormous leather brown head, starting at 3 fingers, and slowly susiding to a 1 finger head. Served at cellar temps, about 50-55F.

The aroma was Dark Malt and Espresso. Tastes were espresso, lemon peel, malt, bitter chocolate. My wife said it reminded her of a carbonated espresso, but I wouldn't let her put any Sambuca in it...

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, and the finish was smooth, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Well-balanced overall!

"What fools these mortals be!" if they don't like this stout! No "toil and trouble" needed to enjoy...

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 13:37:50 | More by WaltTrombone
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I would give all me fame for a pot of ale, and safety." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V

22 oz. Bomber
Well Shakespeare can keep his fame and bask in the pitch blackness of this stout to boot. A tan color topped off the rocky head which had very little lace. The smell was not overly complex with the standard smoked malt flavors. Better than guiness for sure, but the smell was nothing to compose a sonnet about. The taste was very well balanced with roasted nut, and bitter chocolate tastes complimenting notes of charred wood. The mouthfeel was very sharp and cut through the rounded malts. I would surly give my safety for a pot of this stout and the only tragedy was I had but one bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 15:41:40 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I feel compelled to write a poem in honor of the great bard and namesake of this beautiful brew. But Alas I am neither the poet, nor the writer that legendary bard was, so I shall keep it simple in my review.

This Rogue casts forth darkness from the bottle that would conceal any Roguish behavior like a moonless, cloud covered night. The only light that shall pass through this dark cavern passes through the caramel colored thick, creamy head that is riddled with craters and caves.

A bouquet of burnt caramel and roasted malt come forth while aromas of coffee, chocolate, and light floral hops steal through and will pass unobserved unless a cautious guard is in place. Remember we are dealing with a Rogue in the truest sense that will try to beguile you at every turn.

With the taste this Rogue turns on a smoothness designed to lull you into a comfort and easiness around this brew. But beware for to much of anything can be dangerous, especially with a rascal like this Stout. Like many of the legendary Bard?s tales, this Stout starts with a semi-sweetness that conceals a bitterness to come. Smooth throughout, with no plot holes or disappointments this Rogue continues with flavors of coffee, chocolate, bitter hops, and a dryness that continues into more hop fashioned bitterness.

This is a truly legendary brew and well deserving of its name. The Great Bard would be proud that his Rogue bears his name.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 06:54:44 | More by Loki
Photo of Edwin


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue drew me in with their Dead Guy Ale, and now I have to try every type of Rogue beer out there. First up: Shakespeare Stout. Plenty to like about this brew even before pouring as it is a beautiful 22oz painted label bottle with all the vital statistics on the side.
Pour it out and you get a nice, black beer with a nice, thick reddish-brown head. The aroma hits the nose with a scent of coffee and chocolate and just a hint of oat.
Take a sip and the flavor confirms what the bottle and the scent already told you: a nice coffe/grain/oat flavor on the tongue and a chocolaty aftertaste.
All in all a very solid brew that is very enjoyable to drink. You'll savor every sip. The world Stout Champion comes through as-advertised. Pick this one up. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 08:00:36 | More by Edwin
Photo of SheepNutz


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass, forming about 1 finger of a deep caramel/rootbeer brown head. The color was black at night, no red hues like other stouts, just pure black. The head dies down soon to a small line. The smell is packed with roasted coffee and chocolate aromas. Best smelling stout I've ever had! The taste is a direct reflection of the smell, smooth coffee flavor with a little smokiness. You also get all 69 IBUs of hops from this one. The hops have a nice bite, very delicious. The mouthfeel is good and strong. One thing about this beer as I drink it, there is absolutely no lace on the glass. The drinkability is alright, this is a good finishing beer. It also gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 09:17:41 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber. Always impressive Rogue etched printing on the bottle.

Appearance: A veil of blackness sucks in all light like a black hole. Nothing gets through this beer, even when holding it up to the light. Puffy caramel-colored head quickly dispappears into barely anything yet somehow manages to lace the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt aromas mix with chocolate chip cookies and a cup of coffee. There is also a faint...citrusy hop aroma that peeks through. A very different but still lovely plethora of scents.

Taste: In my humble opinion, I think it is imperative to remember that this is "just" a stout that you are drinking. It is by no means an imperial stout and with the low ABV (only slightly higher than your friends' Budweiser), it really has a different flavor profile. There is a definite (DUH!) chocolatey flavor that dominates, with a nice balancing act offered by the hops. Roasted coffee, malts, and a caramel-toffee flavor also lend their flavors to this lovely creation. Finishes with just a slight bitterness mixed with a coffee-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Drenches the palate in creamy-smoothness that just lasts forever.

Drinkability: Again, given that this is only 6.2% ABV, I really don't notice the alcohol content and it helps make this a very drinkable beer. Another winner from Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 16:24:30 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of LarryKemp


3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I begin this review by saying that I am not a Rogue fan nor do I like overowering hops. This beer came from the tap with a good head and a deep dark color. The lace clung to the sides of the glass. The hops attacked my nose and kept whatever malt from coming in. The bitterness on the tongue blasted away the sweet chocolate I thought I could taste in the background. The beer was so hoppy that this business kept the mouthfeel deep in the background. At best, I would rate this as a specialty beer and hope that no one tryig their first stout would tackle this hop monster.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2003 19:07:56 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of goz


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with a creamy dark head, quickly dimishes to almost no lacing. Aroma is roasty, smoky, some chocolate, lightly hoppy (floral mostly). Flavor is strong with the chocolate and roasted malts (coffee), with a mild hops bitterness showing in the finish. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 12:09:58 | More by goz
Photo of feloniousmonk


5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A classic if there ever was one.
The color is an inky cloak of solemn black.
Head is a thick, crusty, toasted brown. Aroma: supreme example of roast, rich and invigorating, potent and powerful, dry and dreamy, a snootful could rise old Yorick from his grave. Further gleanings give more flavors, of anise, espresso, pepper, chocolate. I could smell this all day and think of nothing better to do!
On first taste, I am transported! Beautiful bitterness, lush malt, titanic texture! Thoroughly magical hop play on the palate, to make old Prospero proud, malt as dark and knotted as King Richard's heart. Every single time I have the pleasure to sip this fine ale, any wintry discontent is made glorious summer anon! I happily suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange!
I feel like the world's mine oyster...mmmm. oy-sters!
From Shakespeare to Simpson, that's how even the best of beers will tranform us all!
Plainly put, the bard of beers does somehow have that bewitching power o'er me, and I am mezmerized good, as I like it. And when the hurlyburly's done, I am left clamoring for more!
I couldn't change a thing about this perfect potion. Some stouts may be more bold or brash in alcohol or flavor, but none is more perfectly integrated in all it's parts and easily drunk and thoroughly enjoyed. Truly, the stuff dreams are made of!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 17:25:32 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of BigHead


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great stout!!! My first sip of this beer exploded in my mouth with flavor. A smokey flavor took over first, followed by a lovely chocolate. The beer looks as dark as dark can be when it's poured into a glass. The aroma of chocolate and coffee invites your senses to experience this beer. The dark beer with its head color of a coffee latee' residing perfectly above the separation line. A good stout that is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 19:34:17 | More by BigHead
Photo of francisweizen


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A near-perfect stout from rogue. Not quite an Imperial, if you ask me. This stout pours the blackest of black with a nice off-white foamy head. It gives off aromas of chocolate, coffee, hops, earth, malts and smoke. It tastes like a mixed bag of coffee and chocolate. With some hoppy, smokey, earthy flavors thrown into the mix for good measure. An excellent stout with a very full mouthfeel and a crazy drinkability. Perhaps, this is the most drinkable stout that I have ever had the pleasure to drink.

Perhaps my opinion of this beer would be a little higher if I did not sample it directly after having a Bell's Expedition stout. The blackest, strongest, Imperial Stout that ever walked the earth!

This is still an awesome drink...one of the best stouts ever!
Cheers to KleinG for this sample!,

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 11:54:23 | More by francisweizen
Photo of jtw5877


4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only reason I am not rating this a 5, is that I have never rated a beer perfect yet! Pours a deepest darkest brown hue, with a solid tan head. Superb flavors abound, Chocolate is right beside toffee, coffee, and caramel, with enough hops to keep everybody in line, one great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 20:21:51 | More by jtw5877
Photo of allboutbierge


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the good fortune to have a glass of this on tap at D's the past weekend. This is my first run-in with Rogue Ales.

Dark and black color with light brown head with a pale tannish head. Aroma is typical roasted hops and malts. Flavor is similiar and is very well balanced. Not a very hoppy-bitter stout like SN. I repeat, this beer is extremely well balanced. This makes it easy to drink and appeasing to someone who might have been turned off by some other imperial stout. An easy drinking brew, but it might become a little boring after a few.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2003 18:49:16 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a beautiful light brown head. Nose is burnt caramel, and roasted barley. Taste is extremely well balanced with a very smooth, earthy malt taste with a bit of malt crispness. A little hop bitterness. Chocolately aftertaste, with a bit of citrus. Fantastically smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. I'll come back to this one again and again. Probably tops my list of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 18:21:15 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of Dantes

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A flowing river of liquid onyx
Conjures forth a creamy cap of white foam.
Through the deepest darkness no light dares mix,
As it quickly speeds by the glass to home.

Scents of roasted malt, cocoa, and Cascades
Combine with coffee, barley and some earth.
On my tongue, bouquet’s promise never fades,
As these many flavors are given birth.

Rich and smooth as a girl’s unfurrowed brow,
Yet with body enough to satisfy.
This stout is not sweet, this I will allow.
But now this beer is gone. I want to cry.

What, I wonder would old Will Shakespeare think?
I’m not sure, but this stout I’ll gladly drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 13:28:34 | More by Dantes
Photo of Mitchster


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ebony black with nary a hint of ruby at the edges...appears clear (despite the yeast in the bottom of the bottle) and forms an oily, meringue-like dark tan head atop small to medium-sized bubbles. Head retention is excellent with sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is pleasantly inviting with fruity diacetyl, a well-balanced amount of fresh Cascade hops, French roast coffee, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a creamy finish and moderately dense body (Lighter than expected). Taste begins with initial peaks of dark coffee and black patent malts, then a wave of surprisingly mild flavor hops, followed by an oat smoothness in the middle with tolerable hints of alcohol. Not picking up on any smoke, husks, or minerals. The finish is well-done with nicely balanced bittering hops complementing the somewhat harsh lingering French roast coffee accents. If I concentrate really hard, I am able to pick up on some woodsy notes. There is some pleasant graininess in there, as well. Nice hoppy belches. A well-done stout, very easy to drink...rich and satisfying. Comparable to Kalamazoo stout + Cascade in many ways.
Northwest Harrington, Klages, Crystal 135-165, Beeston Chocolate malt, rolled oats, & roasted barley...Cascade hops & Rogue's "Pacman" yeast.
158 Plato, 69 IBU, 77AA, 135.558 Lovibond, 6.2% ABV

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 12:51:49 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Ave


4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: solid, impenetrably black. Thin head, low carbonation. A very understated looking stout. Not the special effect show of a nitro pour.

Smell: everything you have ever thought about in a stout is in here: chocolate, honey, toffee, roast beef, smoky wood, toasted grains, ripe fruit, coffee & much more. A knock your socks off kind of aroma, sold, rich, powerful & sweet.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: bitter & full flavor, sweet & nutty, oak & burgundy. A host of flavor swirls in your mouth, a powerhouse taste sensation. Yummy beer meal goodness finish.

Drinkability: is so good you will have no problems putting down several of these. Don’t expect to be hungry for some time, but you won’t be worrying about that. A stunningly good beer.


Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 07:00:18 | More by Ave
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shakespeare Stout pours an opaque black with a reddish-brown head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is chocolate malt, coffee, roasted barley, and some notes of caramel. The taste starts with some effervescence on the tongue and plenty of rich coffee flavor. This progresses into malt flavors and then to creamy chocolate flavors. The finish is smooth caramel and chocolate flavors with some charcoal bitterness. The aftertaste is a balance of sweet chocolate and bitter roasted barley along with just the slightest hint of spicy hops. Mouthfeel is an interesting mix of creamy smoothness with a hint of carbonation packaged into a medium-heavy stout body.
Overall the best Rogue product I have ever had. IMHO most Rogue products are way to thin in the body department (for my taste), but this one is just right for the flavors they have blended together. This Rogue deserves much praise and kudos.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2003 10:41:47 | More by purplehops
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was all black with a creamy tan head that stuck around for quite some time. There was also good lacing. The smell was a nice malty sweetness and a whiff of bitterness. The first thing that hits the pallet is the chocolate. The middle was sort of coffee like and the end was balanced out well with a nice little hoppy ending. The mouthfeel of this brew was not as heavy as I thought it would be but it wasn't bad by any means. This brew went down smooth and easy. Overall I enjoyed this beer a great deal and will definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 15:30:39 | More by Bruiser81
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had it in the bottle before, and remember loving it. So, I saw it on the hand pump at The Sharp Edge Creekhouse and I couldn't pass it up. This beer is huge, the appearance is a deep ruby black body with a nice pillowing tannish brown head. The first sniff, I was shocked at the amount of cascade hop aroma that hit me in the face. The deep chocolate and coffee tones make this beer's aroma irrisistable. As I took my first couple sips, I just sat and thought to myself that this must be one of the most drinkable in your face stouts I have come across at this point. It is wonderful, pushes the envelop and with the harsher flavor of the dark malts on the tongue, the clashing of the hops are there to mellow everything out and form this amazing brew. On the cask this beer is very smooth, and inviting to the palate. Each sip takes on a creamier sensation to the mouth. Believe it or not this is the type of stout that could be enjoyed in pairs or more, because once you have one you want your glass to be full again.

Serving type: cask

02-19-2003 11:26:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic. No doubt about it. While this is a really big stout (both in flavour and in bottle) it's drinkable and downright fun.
First pour shows a deep, dark black with ruby highlights. An impressive head for a bottled stout with excellent cascade effect. Aromas of roasted barley, crisp hops and hints of caramel, roasted cocoa beans and malt blend into a quite attractive mix.
Initial taste impression is of smoothness. There are no harsh or out-of-place notes. While the malt is creamy and smooth it is balanced by crisp grain flavours and a strong underpinning of cocoa. The foundation of grain flavours shows the mix of barley, malt, hops and oats in perfect balance. The aftertaste is clean, citric with a fading hop and coffee cleanser. Primary impressions at the end are of balance and smoothness. This shows off the talents of a top-notch brewer in action. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 14:04:13 | More by SamuraiJack
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brew truly worthy of the bard. What a piece of work is this beer! How noble in color! How infinite in opacity! In smell and taste how regal in depth of roastedness. What is this quintessence of water, malt and hops? the paragon of beers! the beauty of the world!

Alright, enough of the blatant Shakespeare ripoff. As I poured this brew I thought it had to be the darkest brew I've ever seen. It looks like motor oil, completely opaque. Lots of roasted barley and a touch of molasses on the nose with some citrusy hops coming through as well. The taste is extremely well balanced. Roasted barley, chocolate, a bit of citrus, a tiny amount of caramel sweetness and just hint of smoke. Outstanding! I wish the mouthfeel was a wee bit thicker on this one. It is more reminiscent of a Porter in that respect. But the good far outweighs my nitpicking. Way to go Rogue!!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 22:57:56 | More by johnrobe
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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